The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) was launched in 2010 as a high-level global forum through which to promote policies and programmes that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy. The first CEM was held in Washington DC in July 2010 and included the launch of several new initiatives designed to improve energy efficiency, enhance clean energy supply and expand clean energy access. The second CEM, which was held in Abu Dhabi in April 2011, advanced progress on these initiatives. The third CEM, which took place in April 2012 in London, expanded the intergovernmental cooperation through new initiatives, deepened public-private interaction and incorporated new focus areas, such as financing. Looking towards 2013, when India will host the next CEM, this international platform is expected to continue to strengthen its reputation as a key mechanism for action-oriented, public-private partnerships to promote clean energy across the globe.
The CEM process has always recognized that private sector leadership and engagement is essential for the development and implementation of effective and sustainable policies and solutions to transition to a clean energy future. Accordingly, the London CEM included a series of eight public-private roundtables covering key clean energy topics, ranging from the expansion of renewable energy and energy efficiency to the scaling up of electric vehicles and the capture and storage of CO2. Given London’s position as a leading centre of financial expertise, the 2012 CEM included two roundtable discussions on the important topic of financing energy efficiency and renewable energy, organized by the Low Carbon Finance Group.